Wayne Richard Wells, better known as Wayne Static, the frontman and founder of the California metal band Static-X, died on the evening of November 1st at the age of 48.
His death was confirmed by the band’s Facebook page and by the singer’s representative. Wayne founded the Californian nu metal band in 1994. Their debut LP Wisconsin Death Trip was released in 1999 and it went platinum.
The singer/guitarist/keyboardist was also known for his image, particularly his impossibly spiky hair and long chin beard. Static-X released five more studio albums over the next decade before they went on hiatus.
That was a year after they released their final album Cult of Static. Wayne Static appeared onstage alongside Run-DMC’s Daryl “DMC” McDaniels at Austin’s Fun Fun Fest in 2012, after launching a solo project.
Wayne and Daryl also collaborated on DMC’s rap-rock track Noise Revolution. The cause of Wells’ death is not known at the moment, but it is heavily suggested by his peers’ Tweets that drug overdose took yet another life.
No information was provided other than that Wayne was due to set out on a co-headlining tour with Powerman 5000 and Drowning Pool over the next several months.
Wayne Static was born in Muskegon, Michigan but he grew up in Shelby before moving to Chicago, Illinois and later on, California.
He was three years old when he received his first toy guitar and seven years old when he got his first real guitar. A year later he won a talent contest playing “Skip to My Lou.”
Wayne played in his first band at the age of 12 and he then decided he wanted to be a musician.